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Stand up and cheer these House Republicans

Stand up and cheer these House Republicans

Some good stuff today.

I actually was proud of the job the House Republicans did given the time constraints. They had some fight in them. Hopefully they will keep it up for 3 1/2 more years. Every. Single. Day.

I posted some videos at the earlier Live post, including Kevin Brady (TX-08), Charles Boustany, Jr. (LA-03) and Peter Roskam (IL-06).

Here are some more.

Mike Kelly (PA-03)

Tom Reed (NY-23)(my Congressman in Ithaca!!!)

Todd Young (IN-09)(One of LI’s Operation Counterweight 2010 candidates)

Tim Griffin (AR-02)

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Three cheers! I watched most of this hearing on C-Span this morning and was happy with what I saw. It’s amazing that it’s so hard to hold anyone in government accountable. The woman who was in charge got promoted and bonuses, and this man, Miller, is retiring with full benefits.

One would think (always bad to do) that this does in fact meet this little element:

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

    snopercod in reply to JP. | May 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

    They don’t have time for an Impeachment right now, they’re too busy sneaking Amnesty into law.

Hearings mean nothing if they are not followed up by firings, impeachments and serious cutting of these agencies budgets. Also, if they sneak Amnesty in during all these hearings, all is lost!

    Sanddog in reply to PaddyORyan. | May 18, 2013 at 12:46 am

    There’s never any real accountability in government. Since the malfeasance will never really be paid for, I’d suggest an immediate cancellation of all IRS investigations followed by new rules from congress on how all audits and investigations are to be handled, including but not limited to an end to the practice of the taxpayer being forced to prove innocence. No new hires and a budget freeze for the next several years until such a time that the IRS can prove they have ended all prior practices. Unless there’s a real price to be paid by the agency, they will never stop.

    Rosalie in reply to PaddyORyan. | May 18, 2013 at 7:48 am

    My thought exactly. It’s all well and good but, in the end, the IRS is going to be overseeing Obamadontcare. I can’t help but feel that it might all be theatrics.

Speeches are very nice, but I would prefer Ted Cruz-like demands for answers. A speech only lets the liar off the hook by enabling him to sit there saying nothing while the clock runs.

I seem to remember that Obama suggested that his supporters “get in their (Conservatives) faces.” It appears his supporters at the IRS took him seriously. Even if we never find the smoking gun that leads back to the President, he certainly set the tone that caused these criminal excesses in his administration.
I hope the patriotic Americans in the House persist in these hearings until we find out how high this goes and the guilty are brought to justice and the corruption that is rife throughout this Administration is fully exposed to the American voters.

    Juba Doobai! in reply to arnonerik. | May 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

    We would find the trail back to Obama if these thugs were faced with forfeiture of all assets plus a life sentence for their malfeasance. Punishment for IRS thuggery should be monstrously burdensome and long.

Lois Lerner in trouble for trying a modified limited hangout

Reps. Joe Crowley (D-Queens) and Sander Levin (D-Mich), top Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, on Friday demanded the resignation of Lois Lerner, head of the IRS division overseeing tax-exempt organizations.

Celia Roady, a lobbyist in the firm of Morgan Lewis, said she was called personally by Lois Lerner, the IRS head of the tax exempt division, on May 9.
“I received a call from Lois Lerner, who told me that she wanted to address an issue after her prepared remarks at the [American Bar Association] Tax Section’s Exempt Organizations Committee Meeting, and asked if I would pose a question to her after her remarks,” Roady said in a statement to U.S. News and World Report.

A limited hangout is a means of propaganda by exposing some minor details in order to prevent the full exposure of greater secrets.

A modified limited hangout is the mixing of the aforementioned technique with misinformation to hinder/mislead further investigation.

Miller said he wears two hats at the IRS. It seems hat #2 is higher up the chain of command at the IRS than hat #1. What I would like to know is will his retirement from IRS hat #1 sever his relationship with the IRS completely or will he still be wearing IRS hat #2 ?

They Got Their GRRR On.

We need FIGHTERS like that not appeasing groveling hogwarts.

    snopercod in reply to VotingFemale. | May 18, 2013 at 6:35 am

    My enjoyment of all these “tough guys” bashing the IRS was tempered by the fact that Boehner’s House will never take any meaningful action against them.

Doug Wright | May 18, 2013 at 12:05 am

As an exercise in gathering information regarding what happened and who was responsible and laying out the direction a Congressional investigation would take, this committee hearing sucked.

The Representatives shown above, with the possible exception of Mr. Griffin, did not demonstrate an ability to extract information but rather an ability to pontificate, which might be necessary these days.

Still, the hearing did show either how inept the Federal Bureaucracy is and also how indifferent it is to our Constitution and our form of government.

David Axelrod, of all people, was quoted recently as saying that our federal government is too big for the president to understand and his statement is itself an indictment on that bureaucracy. Let’s reduce the size of that federal monster and throw out, via the vote, all those federal legislators who support that monster.

    jdkchem in reply to Doug Wright. | May 18, 2013 at 12:47 am

    The federal government is too big for precedent jesus unicorn potemkin to understand. That does not mean government should not be smaller it just means that for affirmative action hires the job is just too damn hard.

Two things the GOP must do, or fail again:
1-Expand the hearings; and
2-publicize them to reach ignorant voters.

But then, they might listen to Charles Krauthammer’s oddly dumb advice. (Krauthammer cautioned GOPers against making claims about Watergate in regards to attack at the U.S. post in Benghazi, Libya.)

Juba Doobai! | May 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

BTW, never forget that the IRS did what Senate Democrats requested they do. So, mock and sneer at all Democrat posturing on IRSgate.

TrooperJohnSmith | May 18, 2013 at 9:21 am

Mike Kelly simply nailed it and did it oh, so eloquently. In fact, I’ll wager that Mr. Soros just wrote another check with “get Kelly” in the ‘memo’ line.

Henry Hawkins | May 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

Last Week’s Wild-Ass Conspiracy Theory Becomes This Week’s Viable Hypothesis:

1) The success of the IRS political headhunting operation in suppressing speech and activity that is opposed to Democrats and liberals is based on the assembly of a database of political targets against whom federal power is deployed – you can’t shut down your opposition if you don’t know who they are and don’t have the power once they’re identified. The IRS is uniquely qualified for this effort.

2) Obamacare will vastly expand the federal government’s ability to identify and attack political opposition, should it chose to use the law and its provisions in that way. It could make what the IRS has done look like a practice scrimmage.

3) During the 2009 run-up to passage of Obamacare, it was obvious to anyone willing to take an objective look at it that Obamacare would do little to fix the myriad of well-known problems with our health care insurance system. Indeed, Obamacare would make most of it worse. There was an ocean of difference between what Obamacare was claimed to do versus what the simple math said it would do. Still, the political push by the left to get it passed had the fervor and flavor of some desperate jihad. They weren’t all so stupid as to think it would actually work, and the wise obsevers suspected a hidden agenda. Most believed the hidden agenda was a single payer health care system – Obamacare as a stepping stone to the complete takeover of our health care delivery system by the federal government.

4) That hypothesis of hidden agenda was only 10% of the truth.

Hypothesis:

5) In fact, Obamacare is intended to be a vast expansion of the recently exposed vile tactics of the Obaman IRS. The prospective Obamacare database of personal information on every citizen of the United States will absolutely dwarf the considerably vast database currently maintained by the IRS, with it’s specialized units designed to target and destroy political opposition. I point out that ‘BOLO’, be on the lookout, is police terminology, not tax terminology. Police put BOLO’s, aka BOTL’s, out for criminals.

6) My wild-assed hypothesis – which doesn’t seem so crazy now – is that the progressive/liberal agenda, currently helmed by the Obama administration, was to establish Obamacare ostensibly as a health care reform measure, but with the true purpose of providing the ruling party the necessary database, power, and tools to ensure their permanent hold on power.

7) Between 2014 – implementation of Obamacare – till 2016 – the next presidential election – they would compile a database of targets that dwarfs the one currently abused by the IRS. It would be used to make sure the 2016 Democrat candidate for president would win (their primary process would ensure their candidate is a progressive lib). That winner would then go into office and go on to use political targeting mechanisms to destroy political opposition at all levels. Once established, creating an unstoppable wave of dirty politics constantly increasing Democrat/liberal electoral majorities, it would be impossible to reverse without armed revolution, which is why they want to take away citizen rights to own firearms, and why that effort is always just as nonsensical as was the way Obamacare was advertised, because their stated goals and motivations aren’t their genuine goals and motivations.

The barbarians are at the gate, America. What will we do?

Hopefully, the investigation of the IRS will reveal who it was that gave Sen. Reed Mr. Romney’s tax information.

I can’t wait for Miss Boehner to screw this up for the republicans, just so he can go golfing with Obama again.

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